A woman who had never lit a cigarette in her life told of her total shock after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Healthy Samantha Bladwell, 36, was expecting her second child when she became breathless.
She put it down to stress – and a symptom of her pregnancy.
The mum decided to go to the doctors just in case after again having breathing issues during a work marketing presentation.
What she was told left her reeling – and the family stunned.
After a CT scan and also an invasive biopsy, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
The disease had spread to both her lungs, her spine and her brain as well.
“People assume if you’ve got lung cancer, you smoke, so it’s your fault. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life,” she said.
“The truth is anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.
“No-one deserves to have lit – it’s horrible,” she told The Courier-Mail.
“It was a real wake-up call for me to know that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.”
Treatment begun the day she gave birth – but it stopped working after almost a year because her cells became ‘resistant to the therapy’.
Now she has joined the Oscillate trial as a second form of treatment.
Samantha knows if it fails she must move on to chemotherapy.
She says there is a stigma which is impacting fundraising efforts for research into lifesaving treatments.
Samantha added: “The vision in their mind is that you’ve brought it on yourself so why should I fund any research into lung cancer.
“It’s really hard to change people’s minds and that’s why I want to share my story to go, ‘Look, it’s not the case and even if it was the case, no-one deserves to have lung cancer.”